Estates’ amended refused

Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.
Northumberland Estates proposed housing in Warkworth.

An amended scheme for new homes in Warkworth which was recommended for approval was refused by councillors last night.

Northumberland Estates originally applied to build 44 new homes on land east of Old Barns Close, Morwick Road, which sparked a number of objections and a petition signed by more than 300 people.

The company submitted a new application, in which the number of homes proposed for the site was reduced to 37.

Other changes to the scheme included removing plots near the Grade II-listed Old Barns Farmhouse, as well as reducing the larger two-and-a-half-storey units throughout the site to two-storey, with the exception of some units fronting Morwick Road.

But Warkworth Parish Council and local residents still had concerns.

At the October meeting of the committee, a scheme to build 27 affordable homes in the village, which was originally linked to this 44-home plan, was given the go-ahead, with Coun Trevor Thorne describing it as a marvellous opportunity for young people to stay in the village.

The properties were earmarked for land south of New Barns Court, New Barns Way, and all the units would have been available for affordable rental.